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03
sep

How to Come Up with an Excellent Business Presentation
Category: Articles | 1 Comment »

In the world of business, survival is the name of the game. You have to outwit, outplay, and outlast your competitor for you to thrive in the industry. With this, businesses use different marketing strategies to win the competition. One way to make it is by creating an outstanding business presentation that will perfectly deliver the message to its target market.

Business presentation makes a lot of difference, as it can make or break the company itself. As we all know, the principal concept of business is selling. To make the most out of your business presentation, make sure that everything you want your audience to know can be conveyed flawlessly.

Making a business presentation is not really that easy. There are a lot of factors to be considered while creating great output. It takes practice to master it but with a few tips it will certainly be attainable.

1. Make an outline. This is basically the first thing to be considered since it will serve as the backbone of your presentation. Use only key phrases of the essential information you want to give and be consistent with it all throughout your presentation. Make it simple and easy to comprehend. Having the concept in mind and with the guidance of an outline, you are on the right track of accomplishing the desired outcome. (Note: These presentation tips refer to PowerPoint, but generally they are also applicable to any presentation)

2. Slide layout. Choose the right layout for the slides. It will capture your audience’s attention and heighten their excitement as to what comes next. Just a reminder: be sure to make it easy to follow. Titles should be highlighted and positioned properly; phrases will appear from left to right or from top to bottom. Always present important information near the top title, so that it can be seen by the audience from the back rows.

3. Minimize punctuations and avoid all capital letters. Too much use of punctuations is messy and not pleasant to the eyes. Capitalizing all letters is also not advisable for it is somewhat similar to SCREAMING at your audience.

4. Use simple fonts. Make sure that the fonts are readable. Commonly used font styles are Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri or Verdana. Avoid fancy fonts or the script types because these are hard to read on a screen. Also, do not use too many font styles. At most, use only two different types for emphasis - one for the heading and another for the content. With regard to font size, make it large (between 24 and 30), so that people at the back can easily read what is on the screen.

5. Text color should be in contrast with the background color. Dark text perfectly matches with any light background but white. If you plan to use dark background, be sure that your text color is lighter to make reading easier. Get rid of patterned or textured background; this will receive unfavorable response from the audience because the text is not readable. Also, whatever your color scheme is, be consistent with it throughout your presentation.

6. Use appropriate slide designs. If you plan to use a design theme or a design template, choose the one that is the most appropriate for your audience. For business presentations design should be as much straightforward as possible. For younger audience, go for a colorful design that contains assorted shapes and figures.

7. Have a limited number of slides. Having too many slides is not advisable because this may be boring for your audience. Also, changing slides can cause distraction, and you may lose the attention of your audience. Therefore, you need to keep your number of slides to minimum – perhaps one slide per one big thought.

8. Make use of photos, charts and graphs. A presentation filled with a combination of photos, charts, graphs and embedded video will keep your audience interested. Eye-catching presentations really do wonders.

9. Do not use too many slide transitions and animations. Remember that your presentation is meant to be a visual aid. Thus try to avoid excessive use of slide transitions and animations. Transitions and animations will enhance your audience’s interest but you need to limit this so that their focus is on the content of your presentation and not on the presentation itself.

10. Make sure that your presentation can run on any computer. To ensure that your presentation will run, use PowerPoint’s Package for CD (PowerPoint 2007 and 2003) or the Pack and Go (PowerPoint 2000 and before) feature when you burn it on a CD. Also, a copy of Microsoft’s PowerPoint Viewer should be added to the CD to run your PowerPoint presentations on computers that have no PowerPoint.

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19
aug

SlideBoom now supports PowerPoint 2010
Category: Announcements, Articles, Development, PowerPoint | 2 Comments »

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 gives you even more opportunities to create dynamic interactive presentations. Now whatever you create in PowerPoint 2010 can be easily processed by SlideBoom as it now supports all of its new features.

Vivid 3-D slide transitions and more realistic animation effects make your presentation much more professional and compelling. The new program is a more powerful tool that can help you to get your ideas across more expressively.

In addition to better opportunities to enhance your presentation content with more effects, you can also insert video and audio files. Of course it was possible in previous versions too, but PowerPoint 2010 installs your multimedia directly into your presentation, which makes uploading it to SlideBoom significantly easier.

Stay tuned to top-notch presentation technologies. Create slideshows with PowerPoint 2010 and deliver them effectively at SlideBoom.

08
jul

Presentation Contest 2009 Winner’s interview
Category: Announcements | 1 Comment »

For the first time in SlideBoom’s history, the Presentation Contest 2009 revealed a lot of great talents and wonderful slides. We are happy to introduce the Gold Award Winner - ViCoSo Company with their top_10 presentation:

Below is a brief interview with the winner company representative:

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1. Tell us a few words about your company?

Visual Content Solutions (ViCoSo) is based on Long Island, NY.  PowerPoint has been the primary business focus since inception in 2005.  We at Visual Content Solutions develop special presentations in various multimedia software, although our main output application is PowerPoint.  ViCoSo’s mission is to provide PowerPoint solutions that present the client’s message clearly.  We work with our clients to produce a single message for each presentation.  In this way we get the most impact.  Simply put, we have 1 goal for 1 presentation to present 1 solid message.  Every day we are asked to create PowerPoint slides that don’t appear to be PowerPoint.  By combining a single message with a storytelling animation, we feel we are able to create the most impact.

2. How long have you been involved into presentations creating?

Although Visual Content Solutions has been around for only 4 years, our staff, on average, has been creating presentations for 15 years each.

3. What gives you inspiration when you are working on designing your presentations?

We find inspiration everywhere, including automobile and furniture design, product packaging, and even nature.

4. What advice would you have for people trying to design great presentations?

We always spend the most time and energy figuring out the single message.  Once we know the message, the rest is easy.  Our advice… determine your message and make sure every bullet, animation, slide and picture reinforces that message.

ViCoSo CEO, Christopher B. Contois, kindly shared his winner’s message:

PowerPoint is such a hidden gem within the multimedia world. I’m so happy that my team has gotten the recognition that they so deserve. PowerPoint typically doesn’t get publicized for its creativeness. I’m thrilled to have received this award. A special thanks goes to both SlideBoom for promoting the potential of PowerPoint. Today is a proud moment for us.  Thank you.

In our turn we would like to thank all the Contest participants and to wish them all good luck in further online presentation events.

09
jun

Microsoft MVPs are complemented with PRO accounts and more.
Category: Announcements | No Comments »

Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals are greatly welcome to join the SlideBoom PRO community. If you are a PowerPoint MVP, please contact us at sales@slideboom.com and we will provide you with an annual subscription for a PRO account and a copy of iSpring Presenter, a premium PowerPoint to Flash software. Please put “PowerPoint MVP” in the subject blank.
MVPs specializing in other Microsoft products are granted a 50% discount for a PRO subscription of any duration and for both bestselling iSpring editions – Pro and Presenter. Apply for your half price offer at sales@slideboom.com, “MVP” subject will make it happen sooner.
So just email your request any time at your option during all three summer months, and let us thank for your recognized experience in IT.

02
jun

New features for PRO accounts: more themes and statistics
Category: Announcements | 1 Comment »

PRO account developers’ desire for excellence knows no boundaries and no limits. So PRO users received two great novelties.

First, they can now track detailed viewer statistics. This means they now have access to the data of who, where, when and how your content is viewed. It covers:

  • Traffic - how often an item is viewed
  • Traffic Locations - from where my presentations are viewed
  • Traffic Demography - what the sex ratio among my viewers is
  • Progress - how many slides they view
  • Embeds - where my presentations have been embedded into
  • Viewers - who viewed my presentations
  • Activity - what the activity for a presentation is
  • User Activity - what presentations a user viewed

As you see, this kind of data is absolutely irreplaceable especially if you are using PRO account for marketing purposes.

Presentation Statistics

Second, Slidelog got a new Modern theme available in six different colors: blue, dark red, turquoise, purple, green and orange. Give a full scope to your creative thinking and artistic abilities.

Stay tuned and learn about new features as soon as they get added.

21
may

YouTube videos in your SlideBoom presentation
Category: Announcements, Articles, Development, PowerPoint, Tips&Tricks | 3 Comments »

How about a YouTube video broadcasted from one of your slides? Hosted on SlideBoom or embedded anywhere on the web, your presentation can have a YouTube video inserted right into it without sending your viewer to any external resource.

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How do you do this? It’s quite simple. Just download one of the iSpring 4.2 PowerPoint add-ins. Even the free version of this PowerPoint to Flash software supports YouTube video insertion. Click the YouTube icon on iSpring panel in your PowerPoint and paste a selected YouTube video URL into the appropriate field. You are also offered to watch a tutorial on how to make it happen.

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And what’s particularly great about it is that your presentation can be published directly to SlideBoom afterwards. Just select it as your output file final destination and specify your SlideBoom account details.

So, as you see it’s probably more complicated to pick out the right YouTube clip than all that it takes to insert it into your online presentation. Here is a demo presentation with a YouTube video inserted:


14
may

Presentation Contest 2009 is coming up soon
Category: Announcements | No Comments »

We are happy to announce that we are hosting a major event – SlideBoom Presentation Contest 2009. This contest is a unique opportunity to reveal your creative potential and experience and to get a professional expertise of your presentation.

Applicants are welcome to submit their works from 18 May to 21 June inclusive. Winners will be announced on 30 June 2009.

The top three winners will be awarded valuable prizes like SlideBoom Presentation Contest 2009 Winner Cup, a lifetime subscription for PRO  account, advanced iSpring Presenter software and Gold Award badge.

All the members of SlideBoom Presentation Contest 2009 group will get Contest Participant badges HTML codes to post at their competing presentation page.

Hurry up! Remember that the sooner you upload your applicant slideshow, the more votes you can collect throughout the Contest timeframe!

Learn more at the official Contest page.

07
may

SlideBoom now supports Open Document Presentation format
Category: Announcements, PowerPoint | 4 Comments »

Today I have a short, but nice and important announcement.

SlideBoom now supports files of Open Document Presentation format. ODP format is used in free office suites like OpenOffice, NeoOffice or IBM Lotus Symphony and proprietary software packages like Sun Microsystems’ StarOffice . This would definately expand SlideBoom community as it now is available for a whole lot of the above software users.

Even if you are a Microsoft Office user and SlideBoom has been your service since its launch, you win from .odp format support too. Just think of all those people who will join SlideBoom. This means that you gain a new and numerous audience! Is not that pleasing?

28
apr

SlideBoom. New. Professional. Stylish.
Category: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Not only our developers are working hard adding new and new features for your better experience at SlideBoom. Our designers are just as hardworking and diligent. They know that visual perception is just as important as usability.

New Style of SlideBoom

SlideBoom design is now completely different. They’ve also attempted to enhance user interface remodelling My Account page layout. So it’s now really handy. And, you can track your free hosting space left at any point, as it displayed the percentage of used storage.

So welcome new stylish and professional design of our website. Enjoy its comfort and beauty. Upload more, surprise and delight your audience now not only by your presentation masterpieces, but by the nice framework of their hosting facility.

Happy presenting at SlideBoom!

09
apr

Private presentation sharing gets much easier
Category: Announcements, Development, Tips&Tricks, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Private presentations can now be shared unbelievably easily. No extra clicks required, just copy Private Access URL on your presentation page and send it out to your potential viewers.
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If your secret link for some reason looses its privacy, you can generate a new one by clicking “Generate a new private access URL”.

Don’t hesitate to deliver your presentation by “Share by email” or “Share with group” options, depending on whom you would like to share it with.

PRO account users also get a chance to distribute access to their secret presentations by sharing a link accessible from Share this:
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“Generate a new private key” option is also available for the Pro users.

Additional presentation password protection will shortly be available with a new release of iSpring Presenter PowerPoint add-in.

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